/ Czech Republic - knotted slings as gear
Plenty of slings! :-)
I'm guessing it could be handy to mimic the different sizes you get in nuts and hexes, and make gradually bigger knots?
Monkey fists!!! Just use lengths of static cord. And has been previously suggested, build yourself a rack of fists at different sizes.
A mate went a few years back and bought a whole pre-tied rack for about 8€
Sorry if this is ignorant, but why can't you use hardware in Czech Republic?
And they're hardcore.
Here´s the definitive test for all the usual materials and knots in English:-
The rest of his homepage is worth reading if your German is up to it.
Was lucky enough to climb with someone who grew up in the Adrspach/Teplice area on his home turf for a few days. Unlike many people's preconceptions, he rarely racked up with any massive monkey fists and instead used much smaller knots or ran it out to the ring bolts.
The principle being that if you're in a crack big enough to need a massive knot then you would have known what you were up against before you left the ground. If you're not up to it, climb something else. Definitely get you crack technique sorted before you go. Interestingly he was more uncomfortable on sections of face climbing, where the ever present sand on handholds and footholds make everything less predictable.
Memorably he scraped out a couple of grams of earth from a tiny crack, untied a 15cm loop of 16mm tape, retied it into a more appropriate shape, seated it carefully and clipped it - all with one hand in about 30 seconds. It wouldn't have been possible to protect that crack without a prodding device. They are essential, seem to remember peoples using shoehorns.
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